The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Kid to Kid is an upscale children's and maternity resale store that buys clothing, toys, furnishings, and baby gear before selling it back at affordable prices. Before making the cut, all clothes and shoes must be deemed certifiably elite in stylishness, cleanliness, and newishness. Items are hand-selected by discerning staffers who put them through an intense screening process in which the gems make the rack and the duds are sent back. Back-to-school shoppers can find brands such as Gap and Gymboree, and moms-to-be can find fashions for themselves and their baking buns. Each piece of equipment and every toy is squeaky-clean and well-mannered, always poised for an invite to the most exclusive teddy bear picnics.
Hong Trinh, trained by her father who was a master tailor in Vietnam, demonstrates her 20-plus years of experience with the deft strokes of her sewing needle. Trinh and her team of tailors can mend slacks made un-wearable by growth spurts or exposure to enlargement lasers by hemming the pant legs, which remedies length issues by sewing folded cloth onto itself while still maintaining the original, professionally sewn look. They can also employ their garment expertise to replace broken zippers ($15), take in suit blazer sleeves ($30), adjust pant waistlines ($15), and disable self-destruct devices in vintage spy wear. Hong's Custom Tailor staffers also offer custom embroidery and per-project services upon request.
Designer Anna Balkan, whose colorful, natural-gemstone jewelry has been featured in Lucky and In Style magazines, graces necks, earlobes, and arms with her original designs and handcrafted jewelry. Inside Anna's stylish, all-white showrooms, her eye-poppingly bright jewelry stands out in display cases organized by color palate, allowing shoppers to choose delicate pieces suited to their style and complexion. Individually selected semiprecious gemstones intertwine with 14k gold fill, sterling silver, and unbreakably beautiful adamantium in Anna's whimsical collections.
Filled with whippersnappers soaring down slides and giggling as they hop on giant trampolines, Superior Play Systems' sprawling showrooms seem more like lively amusement parks than retail stores. As youngsters explore the professionally assembled play sets and basketball courts, staffers attend the parents, answering inquiries and guiding them through the store's extensive selection of safety-tested trampolines, and sports and recreation equipment. The store is home to a sweeping variety of imaginative play sets, made from durable materials like certified California redwood and cedar.